What is a veneer?
Cosmetic dental veneers solve problems other dental treatments can’t. A veneer is a thin piece of porcelain that is used to cover the surface of an existing tooth. They are made of a high-grade porcelain to look and feel just like a real tooth. They are formed to be the same size, shape, and color as other nearby teeth. This allows the mouth to look uniform and aesthetically pleasing.
Once the veneers are created in the proper size, shape, and color, Dr. Gundersen will prepare to permanently affix them to the surface of your teeth with a strong bonding agent. He will gently sand away your enamel to roughen the surface of your teeth. Once the veneer is bonded to the tooth, Dr. Gundersen will perform any cleaning or trimming necessary to complete the process.
How long does a veneer last?
Veneers can last up to 15 years with good dental care. Once you have veneers you should avoid chewing on hard things like ice or hard candies.
Veneers are permanently attached to the surface of your teeth and will need to be upgraded eventually. If a veneer becomes chipped or damaged in any way, Dr. Gundersen will remove it and replace it with a new one.
Veneers are also considered to be permanent due to the fact that the abnormalities that they cover are ones that cannot be changed or altered unless your tooth is extracted. Smaller than normal teeth or ones that have been broken may not be able to be corrected due to the extent of the damage. Veneers create the look of a brand new tooth while using your old tooth as a foundation.
What kind of issues can veneers correct?
Veneers can correct several structural abnormalities, as well as various types of damage to your teeth. A few of the most common uses are:
- Teeth that are smaller than normal
- Broken or chipped teeth
- Discolored teeth
- Teeth that have an abnormal shape or that didn’t form correctly
- Gaps and spaces between the teeth.
A veneer can extend off of the tooth, closing small gaps and spaces that may not be able to be corrected through the use of conventional braces. This creates a more uniform appearance and makes your smile more visually appealing.
If you are interested in learning about the benefits of veneers and what options are available, you can make an appointment with Dr. Gundersen to learn how veneers can help you.